KRK, as he wants us to call him in this report, believes girls tend to go for guys who use earphones in public, as it looks cool and carefree. “For guys who can’t manage expensive shoes and dresses, having a choice in music is the best best. A survey on The Times of India website said once that 99% of every guy who ended up having a love marriage, had listened to earphones at least once in life. The very next day after I read this, I looked for my earphones, and since then, I have always travelled in metros and on roads trying to pose as if I am listening to songs. My dad can’t afford those large headphones for me, but I will buy them first thing when I am earning.”
So, what goes on in his mind when he pretends to be listening to music? “I observe people around. Girls actually. I listen to their talks.” He has a word of advice for those youngsters who dangerously listen to music while walking on roads. About the people who have recently been killed while listening to earphones in and around Delhi, he says, “I am not at any risk due to my habit of using earphones on the mute mode. I can’t get killed by traffic or trains. I advise everyone who uses earphones to use them like losers like me when they are on the road. After all these news reports, I stopped updating my location on Facebook when I used to cross the road. I think those who listen to songs on roads should also take a lesson.”
KRK did not reveal which are the only two songs on his phone’s memory card, but assured that they were not Himesh Reshammiya songs. “I have saved English songs to leave more impression upon girls. I read somewhere that having a cheap handset can be safely compensated by listening to English music.” (He added that he didn’t read this on TOI.)
So, has it worked? Does he have a girlfriend now? “Well, sometimes girls do seem to like me, but they have no idea that my phone doesn’t even have FM radio! I sit on the ladies’ seat in metro trains so that girls take a look at me. And they frequently stare at me. I love it. I suggest earphones for every unsuccessful guy.”
The NTMN View: When the target is girls, volume does not matter to KRK. Similarly, when the target is to reach home safely, the fact that you love music or are getting bored while walking, does not matter. Do not listen to music when you are on roads.